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US condemns 'vicious' Nigeria bombings

21 May 2014, 18:30

Washington - The United States on Wednesday condemned the "vicious" bombing in the city of Jos, as well as a series of "terrorist acts" on defenseless civilians.

The US denounced Tuesday's twin bombings in Jos, which left at least 118 dead, as well as a suicide car bombing in northern Kano in which four people were killed.

"These vicious attacks on defenseless Nigerian civilians and Boko Haram's abduction last month of more than 200 girls in Chibok are unconscionable, terrorist acts demanding accountability and justice," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims," she added in a statement.

"We continue to stand with the Nigerian government and people in their efforts to defeat violent extremism in a manner that protects civilians and ensures respect for human rights."

Rescue workers on Wednesday were combing through the rubble of Nigeria's deadliest bomb attack in the central city of Jos, with the Islamic militant group Boko Haram blamed for the atrocity.

It was the latest affront to the Nigerian government's internationally backed security crackdown in response to the mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls on April 14 that has sparked global attention.




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